Basalt is a dark, fine-grained volcanic rock. Through our patented method basalt fibers are turned into RockRebar® ( BFRP / Basalt rebar), a product that when tested, proved to be stronger and have a higher tensile strength than traditional steel rebar. Most importantly, RockRebar® is completely non-corrosive, with a low carbine footprint at, or very near neutral. Basalt rebar is naturally resistant to alkali, rust and acids. Moisture penetration from concrete does not spall, and our bars do not need special coating like fiberglass rods, making our product perfect for marine environments and chemical plants where corrosion is a continuous concern. To put it simply, RockRebar® WILL NEVER RUST! In addition to the fact it simply cannot rust, one reason for the success of RockRebar® is its lightweight, weighing in at just 1/4th the weight of traditional steel. With that being said one of the benefits of using RockRebar® is seen instantly, with a serious reduction in handling costs.
We intend to create awareness and provide education around our state of the art Basalt products, and aspire to be the leaders in this revolutionary shift the concrete reinforcement industry is making towards FRP's. We are focused on making RockRebar® the standard alternative to black steel rebar. Our reinforcements are certified to be stronger, lighter and longer lasting (not to mention environmentally friendly); it is now our goal to develop awareness of this incredible technology. RockRebar® can save American taxpayers the enormous costs associated with this country’s ongoing and future skyrocketing maintenance (look at the reports for our roads, bridges and tunnels). We continue to use our resources to help mandate (municipal and governmental) that our products be considered on upcoming road and bridge projects where corrosion resistant materials are required.
We live in a steel reinforced concrete world. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, floods and rising sea levels all contribute to the cracking of concrete infrastructure. It is believed that Basalt products (relating to the reinforcement of concrete) are the best and most economical solution as an alternative to corrosive, rusty, steel; while also adding logistical and job-site values. The result of which makes our product RockRebar®, a state of the art performance/cost alternative. Black steel rebar for the reinforcement of concrete accounts for 19% to 21% of all steel production worldwide. According to the National Bureau of Statistics 199.98 million tons of black steel rebar was placed in concrete construction throughout 2017. In 2017 the United States Infrastructure report card was released.
The United States of America was awarded a D+, the same failing grade awarded to us back in the 2013 report card. The nation’s association of Civil Engineers quoted that “The nation’s roads, dams, airports, water and electrical systems need $4.6 trillion of work” that same year. On Tuesday January 9th, 2018 a group of United States Senators met with administration officials to discuss drafting legislation to spend $1 trillion on improving the country’s infrastructure, a goal that was made a big priority in the 2016 elections. We believe we have generated a product that is on the cusp of the “next industrial revolution.”
President / R&D Director
At 66 Don has amassed over 50 years’ experience managing
Startups, to scale up, to commercialization. RockRebar ®
was spun out of technical discoveries Don Smith made while
rigging, racing and winning both national and World Offshore
Power Boat Championships. Professional boat building is a
complicated and highly faceted business. Racing boats aside,
it was largely from managing his company www.smithboats.com
producing from scratch, private, commercial and military
powerboats of his own design, that has afforded Don so much
invaluable experience with machines, plastics, resins and
structural materials such as fiberglass, Kevlar®, carbon fiber
and ultimately continuous basalt fiber. Coupled with an earlier
hands-on career in concrete construction, the experiences
together have caused Don Smith to conclude (volcanic basalt
rock converted into a "glass-state" structural fiber will prevail
over all others on a performance/cost basis for reinforcement
of cement materials for infrastructure).
RockRebar® will now
bring to reinforced concrete the lowest carbon footprint of any
non-rusting alternative to black steel rebar. Much of Don’s
success came by way of approaching technical problems from
a different angle, something which ultimately resulted in our
company’s mission statement and its brand with registered
trademark RAW®Researching Alternative Ways
Founder of Yellow Turtle Design LLC, Elina specializes in creating 3-D models and shop drawings, and has done this in the past for all of RAW's® concrete reinforcement innovations, creating presentations to go along with the designs.
Elina was born in Riga, Latvia where she was a teacher and interpreter for the deaf, she also taught English to deaf children. She’s fluent in Latvian, Latvian sign language, English and Russian, and moved here to the United States in 1994. In her free time, she loves to garden and even uses her basalt products for support (plants love basalt).
Elina who is a mother of two, spent over 10 years painting murals for children’s rooms. The flexible schedule was ideal and allowed her to spend quality time with her children. But as her kids grew her career grew with them, and Elina moved on to a different type of design.
Elina now specializes in computer aided design work. Elina joined RAW® in 2008 and has played a large role in progressing the company forward. More recently Elina’s been working on the graphics and CAD drawings of Basalt World Corps Lean Green FRP Rebar Machine®.
Elina attended the Art Institute in 2006, and in 2010 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Yacht and Marine Design. She’s also received her SolidWorks Associates certification and has over 10 years of CAD design experience under her belt. Elina has chosen to also further her education and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management.
Director of International Sales
Raised in the International Industrial Sales World in South Florida catering to the Caribbean, Central and South America since the early 80s.
Bill has interacted with individuals from every level within an organization. Successfully maintaining long term relationships with his clients, solving the many challenges in the marine, aviation, industrial manufacturing and Now the Greatest Challenge is educating our current society about long term “Non Corrosion” infrastructure with RockRebar® (Basalt FRP) and many patented designs. As a bearing and power transmission specialist for over thirteen years and currently for the past 15 years dedicated to industrial plastics and composite international sales.
A Fort Lauderdale resident since 1977, Bill is an enthusiastic member of his community and enjoys spending time with his grandson, nature photography and weather permitting, Fly Fishing. “You Go Where Your Vision Is”